It’s Sunday morning. Where are all the men? Golfing? Playing softball? Watching the tube? Mowing the lawn? Sleeping? One place you won’t find them is in church. Less than 40 percent of adults in most churches are men, and 20 to 25 percent of married churchgoing women attend without their husbands. And why are the men who do go to church so bored? Why won’t they let God change their hearts?
David Murrow’s groundbreaking book has been completely revised and updated, with eye-opening research and a persuasive grasp on the facts, to explain the problem and offer hope and encouragement to women, pastors, and men. Why Men Hate Going to Church does not call men back to the church—it calls the church back to men.
This is not a book that I could recommend. First and foremost, there is nothing groundbreaking about acknowledging the fact that men do not come to church as much as women. And unfortunately, the author decides to go outside the Bible for the reasons why and the answers to the problem. A lot of what he says is correct, but our answers must be biblically bathed, and not based on marketing and pop psychology. I regularly read from people that I may not totally agree with, knowing that I can still find some nuggets of truth to build upon. That never happened for me with this book.
As a pastor, I cannot recommend this book to other pastor’s or church leaders.
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